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The Shopper 1

By pamelajean
Firstly, a big thankyou to Helen (helenlinda) for her UA on my Stacked Cubes.
Also, thankyou for your comments, it was interesting to hear that they confused other people as well.

This is part of a sculpture at the Henry Cort Sculpture Park in Fareham Centre, the pedestrianised area of West Street. The "puddled" wrought iron sculptures are themed on Farehamís market town history and the exhibition is the largest of its type in Britain, providing a unique and interesting thoroughfare.
The project commemorated the inventor of the "puddling" process for wrought iron and focused on combining the materials and techniques available prior to his death in 1800 with contemporary design.

I chose to concentrate on the shopping bags, mainly because I like to pick out detail, but also because the head was not only just an open hole, but there was no way to photograph the whole sculpture without including pedestrians. I only wanted pavement as my background. There was very little colour in the image so I chose to go with black and white.

3 versions.
V1 is a crop of V2.
V3 is the original colour version.

If anyone's interested in the puddling technique, here is an explanation.


Tags: Sculpture Black and white Hampshire Wrought iron Fareham Puddling Henry Cort

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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 12:54PM
That's the kind of shopper who stops for breath right at the top of the escalator for half a dozen others to plough into Blush
I'll go for V1 as the tight composition suits the shape best. And I love the chips in the paint!

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
23 Jan 2014 1:00PM
I love this sculpture, Pamela, most pleasing, and you have captured it so well in this trio of images. Carol
jdinne 15 16 England
23 Jan 2014 1:05PM
Very interesting sculptures here Pamela, composed as always superbly, v3 for me as the colour brings out the rust.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 1:09PM
Version 1 for me.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 Jan 2014 1:12PM
Yes,I was familiar with the puddling technique when I work in the ironfoundry Pamela.
For an ''idiots'' guide to it,imagine making a pot of soup without stirring it ?
Pretty tasteless and unsavoury no doubt.
In the foundry the puddling technique was to STIR the molten metal for a more tasteful and savoury product !!
And as usual I find the coloured original the more tasteful and savoury of the three !!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 1:22PM
I could see the shopping bags immediately.
I go for V2. I like the added breadth, and there are lines in the paving stones, particularly that graceful curve top right, that echo the curves in the sculpture.
Diggeo 5 13 Greece
23 Jan 2014 2:04PM
A strong composition!
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 2:10PM
I'm going for v3 Pamela - love the warm tones SmileSmile
psu68 5 1 2 United States
23 Jan 2014 2:14PM
Love the composition with the echo of the curved paving in the POV. Slight edge to V3 for me. All great images.
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 2:46PM
Must look out for these next time I'm Fareham Pamela. All superb pictures, but the colour shows up the wear and tear better. GrinGrin Peter.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
23 Jan 2014 3:03PM
You were right to concentrate on these details. Top shot.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 3:22PM
How unusual - great pov and super detail to!
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 3:52PM
Love all three images but my preferred version is V3 a) because of the colour of the rust and b) because I am a colour junkie!
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
23 Jan 2014 4:31PM
V1 for me. Very interesting sculpture.

Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 6:06PM
Great angle, Pamela.

23 Jan 2014 10:29PM
Love this sculpture & your composition PamelaGrin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Jan 2014 12:52AM
Very interesting-- and thank you for the text--very helpful!
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
24 Jan 2014 2:47PM
The mono version works best for me ~ A well composed abstract.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
24 Jan 2014 4:49PM
A great piece of artwork, Pamela, and very well presented, too Smile Think it works best in mono for me too, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
24 Jan 2014 10:24PM
V1 is my favourite of these images of the iron lady
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
25 Jan 2014 10:21AM
V1's crop works so very well, Pamela, but kudos on the original composition too!

25 Jan 2014 4:05PM
Great sculpture, v3 for me, love the tones
xwang 9 56 8
26 Jan 2014 10:28AM
I like V3, with colour... more life.. I don't know how to say it...Grin
6 3 8 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 3:03PM
Them shopping bags look heavy. I know how he feels after I have been out with the wife!Tongue
28 Jan 2014 10:28PM
Great shots Pam, Lin

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